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Wise Library Rededication

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
October 4th, 2003

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On October 2, 2003, the WVU Libraries rededicated the newly restored Charles C. Wise, Jr. Library. This is a record of Gerald Lang's speech, remarks, and photos from the following reception.

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Library Experiencing Renaissance

Posted by btoren@wvu-ad.wvu.edu.
October 1st, 2003

By Jeff Wright
Daily Athenaeum Staff Writer

After about $4 million was spent to renovate 85,755 square feet of the Charles C. Wise, Jr., Library, it has much the same look as it did more than 70 years ago.

"All the spaces in this building are deliberately sort of old fashioned and (have a) classic library look," Dean of Libraries Frances O'Brien said.

Much attention was paid to the two reading rooms in the newly restored library, one named after James V. and Ann Pozega Milano and the other after James Robinson, O'Brien said.

"Effort was made to take them back to how they probably looked in 1931 when the library was built," she said.

Tables and chairs from the original library are in the new one. Some of the chairs still have their 1930 inventory tags on them, O'Brien said.

Although there was a concentrated effort to make the library look like it did in the beginning of the 20th century, there was almost a back-to-the-future type of effort as well.

The original tables from the 1930 were modified to include data ports to which students can connect lap-top computers.

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